The Xbox One April Update is Rolling Out Today!

Right now, Xbox One’s all over the world are either self-updating or waiting for you to start the update as the April update lands on Microsoft’s latest-gen console bringing with it a handful of fixes as well as a few new features that many of you have been requesting like notifications when your friends come online and a new game save bar showing your progress, at a glance, through your collection of games.

Last night, Larry ‘Major Nelson’ Hryb revealed that the update has started rolling out as well as noting some of the more important features that the update is set to bring with it:

  • Game and app saves and updates. A game save progress bar will show you the status of your game saves. You will also be able to easily tell what games and apps are being updated or have been updated recently.
  • Friends improvements. Notifications will be added to see when favorites and friends sign in to Xbox Live. This was one of the most frequently requested features, so we made it a priority to include it in this update. Also, friends who are in multiplayer will be identified in the friends list.
  • Kinect voice and motion improvements will continue to be fine-tuned for quality and reliability of Xbox One commands. For example, we’ve updated some of the gesture functionality to reduce false positives on non-hand objects triggering gesture commands.
  • Improved GameDVR video quality through compression algorithm improvements.
  • Blu-ray player supports 50 Hz video output for content recorded at 50 Hz. We’ll also be updating the Blu-ray Player app in the coming days to round out these improvements.
  • Controller and headset adaptor firmware updates will reduce audio static and improve wireless connectivity.
  • Silent reboot after system updates and system update on demand now available. If your console is in Instant On mode, the update will happen automatically and return to standby upon completion. This means you won’t need to power on your console after an update moving forward. If you want to take future updates when available without waiting for your console to do it on its own, we’ve added this option under system.

The update is rolling out across all Xbox One consoles right now, if you’re in Instant On Mode your console should update automatically, if you’re in Power Saving mode you’ll be required to download and install the update before you can proceed. Depending on your internet connection, hopefully you won’t have to wait for too long.

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